supo sanni Illinois suffers blow to secondary

Illinois starting safety Supo Sanni suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon Wednesday and will miss the entire season, head coach Ron Zook announced Thursday.

“Supo is a great young man who was on track for an outstanding season,” Zook said in a statement “He was really coming into his own and I was very excited about seeing him play this year. He has a redshirt season available, so he’ll still have two years of eligibility once he returns in 2011.”

The Homewood Flossmoor product played in 11 games last season as a reserve but appeared ready to step in and help a defense that was dead last in the Big Ten a season ago (30.2 points per game).

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